So...E is mischievous. We know this. Even still, nothing ever quite prepares me for the first teacher phone calls of the year. We have already had a couple, and have been joking about him getting suspended from home school. But until this week, it was mostly E getting stressed about assignments or being argumentative.
Then...E (as he often does) got creative. One day before his restriction time period was about to be over from the last major incident, he decided to explore the app that our schools use to deliver virtual instruction. He quickly taught himself to control the chat features and block other kids' access and kick other kids out of class. Immediately the teacher contacted me, of course. I'm still shaking my head. E is normally such a sweet, loving, responsible kid, it's hard to be mad at him long. We took a break from after schooling until this week; since we are starting back to doing this, he will have a bit of extra work to keep his mind occupied. E has also shown interest in some online courses in computer science & programming, as well as neuroscience, so we are investigating those for him.
M is trying his best to be so good right now! His tantrums have steadily begun to decrease since we started back at occupational therapy. Don't get me wrong...he still has them...but now he is down to around 3 per day, which is definitely manageable. He still loves his kindergarten teacher, and if we can ever get the school-provided Apple TV to consistently work, I think he is going to really be able to participate in class better, since he will be able to see class more clearly. He dissolved into joyful laughter the first time we got the Apple TV to work and he could clearly see the iPad screen! The school really is working with him, modifying assignments when needed and showing compassion. His teacher calls or texts several times per week to comment on work and his participation. He loves to work on sight words and is really good at them! So far, it looks like he is approaching about 50 sight words, and he can sound out most CVC words. He is throwing himself so much into reading and writing that we are just working on maintaining math skills while we let him enjoy developing his reading and writing skills. We are sincerely hoping that learning to read will help deepen his language ability, which is still definitely impaired. But, with all of his teachers, both parents, grandparents, and a village of therapists who see him on a rotating schedule, progress is being made!